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The Nikon SB-24 Speedlight Review

Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs)


Keywords: older, speedlights, nikon, flash, lighting

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THE LCD

The LC-Display is backlit (bright blue color as found on the LCD's of the Nikon AF cameras). The vertical viewing angle is good: aproximately 80° vertical with the normal some +10° above frontal LCD view, i.e. +10 and -70°. The contrast is sharp with or without having the backlit turned on.

My son Niklas

My son Niklas fighting with the photographer. Germany, November 1999.
Nikon F5, Nikkor AF 80-200/2.8D at some 100mm on Fuji Provia 100F
flash filled with the SB-24


The LCD is split into 7 functional areas. These areas are (from top left to bottom right):

1. Flash mode area (A/M/Strobe/TTL/Automatic exp. correction).
2. Manual exposure compensation indicator and bar graph.
3. Film speed/Strobe frequency indicator (in Hz).
4. Flash covering distance bar graph (in m and ft).
5. Zoom head indicator (in mm).
6. Aperture display.
7. Manual flash intensity compensation indicator.

The flash covering distance ranges from 0.6 to 20m. The corresponding range in feet is 2 to 65ft.

 

 


SPECIFICATIONS

Guide number ("Leitzahl") in meters/feet for ISO 100

Flash Output/Zoom
24mm
28mm
35mm
50mm
70mm
85mm
1 / 1
30/98
32/105
36/118
42/138
47/154
50/164
1 / 2
21/69
22/72
25/82
30/98
33/108
36/118
1 / 4
15/49
16/53
18/60
21/69
23/75
25/82
1 / 8
10.5/34
11/36
12.5/41
15/49
16.5/54
18/60
1 / 16
7.5/25
8/26
9/30
10.5/34
11.5/38
12.5/41

When you're using other films than ISO 100, multiply the values in the above table with the following factors:

ISO 25
x
0.50
ISO 50
x
0.71
 ISO 200
x
1.41
 ISO 400
x
2.00
 ISO 800
x
2.80
  ISO 1600
x
4.00

Flash angle of coverage

Zoom setting
Horizontal
Vertical
24mm
78°
60°
28mm
70°
53°
35mm
60°
45°
50mm
46°
34°
70mm
36°
26°
85mm
31°
23°

Miscelaneous data

Weight 390g - 13.75oz. (without batteries)
Size (W x H x D) 80 x 131 x 100mm - 3.15 x 5.15 x 3.9in
Power supply 4 x Alkaline-Manganese AA, 4 x NiCd AA or SD-7 battery pack
TTL film range ISO 25 to 1000. With F-401s and older: ISO 25 to 400.
Flash range 0.6 to 20m (2 to 65ft).
Modes TTL, A, M and Strobe.

Battery life (number of full energy flashes)

100 flashes with Alkaline-Manganese, 40 with NiCd and between 200-400 with the SD-7 battery pack.

 

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Originally written on August 3, 2010

Last updated on December 18, 2017

1 comment

Emory Hall (ehall) on February 2, 2013

Hi Every time I log onto an article, find somethng to look forward too. Thanks, if a SB24 is available it is now an option.

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